Release dates for ‘The Hunger Games’ sequels will not be changed, confirm studio

Lionsgate say Philip Seymour Hoffman's death won't change film's opening dates

The release dates of the forthcoming Hunger Games sequels will not be changed despite Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, it has been confirmed.

Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his leading role in Capote and gained critical acclaim throughout his career for turns in films such as The Master, Magnolia and Almost Famous, was found by emergency services in his New York home earlier this week (February 2).

His most recent role was as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and his character is set to feature in both of the final instalments in the franchise, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2. The film’s studio Lionsgate has now confirmed that Hoffman had finished filming his scenes for the first of the sequels and had just nine days of filming to complete for the final film.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” said an official statement from the studio. “We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Hoffman, who passed away aged 46, was celebrated for both his roles in independent films, including Synecdoche, New York and Boogie Nights, as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 3.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is due to be in November 2014, with Mockingjay – Part 2 to follow a year later in November 2015.